Goodyear's own film about its rubber plantations on the island of Sumatra, depicting Sumatra's culture in a highly patronizing and racist fashion.
Goodyear's film about its rubber plantations on the island of Sumatra. Forest-clearing techniques, planting, latex production, and shipping. Besides the industrial footage, Sumatran people and culture are depicted as well, frequently in the most racist, patronizing, imperialist fashion.
Silent film with title cards.
Dolok Merengir, Sumatra shown.
People in native dress celebrating holiday "hari-bazar" Music making. Dancing.
Use of the word "coolie" on title cards.
Gambling; puppet theater. Oxcarts.
Workers cutting down forests. Burning down forests.
Tree stumps left after fire. Heavy machinery uprooting tree stumps.
Young rubber trees on plantation.
Group of children. Mother with baby about to breastfeed.
Beautiful shots: Women doing laundry and bathing themselves and a child outdoors using water from pails.
Man beating a large hanging drum.
Cutting through the bark of a tree to reach latex. Rubber factory.
People overturning turf using very sharp sticks
SURPRISE stock shots: toddler smoking cigarette. Man with a cigarette in his nostril (not intended to be humorous).
"The presence of modern stump-pullers injected an atmosphere of civilization into this desolate-looking waste."
"Each case of rubber bespoke the untiring efforts of the Goodyear Organization to render a still greater service to civilization."<BR>
September 8, 2003 Subject:
Thank God's Country for Goodyear!
This very curious film details a visit to the Goodyear plant in the Dutch West Indies. While praising the advanced technology of the Goodyear plant, the narration of the film just can't stop talking about the 'coolies' and how primitive this island is compared to 'God's Country'. Even the entertainment is poo-poo'd, when the visitors were prepared for 'mysterious Oriental entertainment', they get a puppet show. Somewhat barbaric and elitish, this film IS quite fascinating and comes highly reccomended!
April 29, 2003 Subject:
Javanese arts in Island of Yesterday
This Goodyear short is typical of industrial films from the East Indies, but contains at least one scene which will be of interest to scholars of Javanese performing artists, showing 'coolies' (actually migrant plantation workers) from Java performing both wayang wong (a form of dance drama) and wayang kulit (shadow puppet theatre).
It is well known that Javanese living in Sumatra brought their indigenous arts with them (some of their descendents still practise them to date), but pre-war footage is very rare.